NASA Astronauts to Conduct Spacewalk as Early as Monday, Dec. 21

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NASA astronauts Joe Acaba, left, and Ricky Arnold work to immigrate a Crew and Equipment Translation Aid, a mobile transport and work height for use on spacewalks, nearby a Mobile Transporter during a spacewalk in Mar 2009. Credits: NASA

NASA astronauts Joe Acaba, left, and Ricky Arnold work to immigrate a Crew and Equipment Translation Aid, a mobile transport and work height for use on spacewalks, nearby a Mobile Transporter during a spacewalk in Mar 2009.
Credits: NASA

Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly and Flight Engineer Tim Kopra of NASA are scheming for a formerly unscheduled spacewalk outward a International Space Station on possibly Monday, Dec. 21, or Tuesday, Dec. 22. The span will pierce a station’s mobile transporter rail automobile so it can be latched in place forward of a Wednesday, Dec. 23 advancing of a Russian load resupply spacecraft.

The mobile transporter — used to position a station’s robotic Canadarm2 — stalled on Dec. 16, only 4 inches (10 centimeters) from where it began a move, while moody controllers in a Mission Control Center during NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston were attempting to reposition it robotically. The means of a case still is being evaluated.

A start time for a spacewalk has not nonetheless been set, though NASA Television coverage will start 90 mins before to a start of a excursion, that will be conducted out of a U.S. Quest airlock. The station’s goal government group is targeting Monday for a spacewalk, though will accommodate again in a willingness examination Sunday, Dec. 20 to make a final decision.

This will be a 191st spacewalk in support of space hire public and maintenance, a third in Kelly’s career and a second for Kopra, who only arrived during a hire Dec. 15. Kelly, who is 9 months into a one-year mission, will be designated extravehicular activity organisation member 1 (EV1) wearing a fit temperament a red stripes, and Kopra will be extravehicular activity organisation member 2 (EV2) wearing a plain suit.

The ISS Progress 62 supply booster is scheduled to launch during 3:44 a.m. EST Monday from a Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and wharf during 5:31 a.m. Wednesday to a Pirs advancing compartment.

Source: NASA